Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama passes staff from the White House Military Office as he jogs along the Colonnade of the White House following an event that ran late, March 1, 2011. The military personnel and their families were lined up to take departure pictures with the President in the Oval Office (Photo by Pete Souza)


MoooOOOooorning Early Birds – Happy Saturday!

77 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. March 1, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Good Saturday Chipsticks…TODers!!!

  2. March 1, 2014 at 8:12 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! Happy Saturday everyone 🙂

  3. March 1, 2014 at 8:12 am

    President Obama is truly the People’s President. I don’t recall ANY previous President who has had the level of interaction with citizens from all walks of life throughout the country and who has opened the White House to celebrate the achievements of not only the renown, but the lesser known and the aspiring as POTUS and FLOTUS has done.

    • 9 hopefruit2
      March 1, 2014 at 8:19 am

      Indeed swbluega. The next President (unless it’s VP Biden) has some serious shoes to fill…. PBO & FLOTUS make this thing look deceptively easy.

    • 10 Ceb
      March 1, 2014 at 8:30 am

      His is also the only administration that has put children and families front and center in policy and practice. You would think that previous presidents, especially in the modern era, did not have children and did not know any. For all of their talk of family values, none of their actions reflected it. Here is PBO, the man who was raised without a father, one who, he freely admits, made the youthful mistakes that could have led to a dark future, who is showing all what it means to be a family man and to be truly, the Father of the Nation.

      • March 1, 2014 at 9:33 am

        I think that it is where PBO has come from that makes the difference…as FLOTUS said at the DEM convention…it was how he was raised…

        YES We Can!

        PBO knows that when he leaves office…there will be attempts to turn back the gains and refocus on the 1%….I think that is why he wanted many of the gains enshrined in law …not EO…

        YES We Can

  4. 12 hopefruit2
    March 1, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Where is our vc?

  5. March 1, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Delurking to say Good Morning to Ms Chips, Nerdy Wonka, and all the TODERS from, dare I say, hot and sunny Trinidad. Just recovering from the birthday yesterday and taking my endurance pills for this long weekend of Carnival bacchanalia in Trinidad and Tobago, as the partying is fast and furious for the remaining 4 days before Ash Wednesday, when we all take some r and r and head to the beach. Whew!
    Soca Monarch was last night, Kiddies and Junior Carnival today, as well as Pan finals tonight, Sunday – Dimanche Gras and then to the opening J’Ouvert 4.00.am followed by mucho costumed bands of 3000 people wailing and freeing up Monday and Tuesday. Whew!
    A few well- knowns are in for the fun…Usain Bolt, Daman Waynan, Anthony Anderson etc.
    Cheers…and have a fantabulous today.

  6. 18 Ceb
    March 1, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Good morning everyone.

    When is our next foreign trip with PBO?

  7. 22 99ts
    March 1, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Is it for real that the US is saying summer arrives next weekend and are starting Daylight Saving Time? Someone mentioned it recently & I’m finding it somewhat difficult to believe. Why would it be so early?

    • 23 TrumpDog
      March 1, 2014 at 9:02 am

      I seriously doubt that is true.
      Where did you hear that?

      • 24 99ts
        March 1, 2014 at 9:05 am

        I thought on TOD but maybe I misread – seemed early – I live in a state that doesn’t have daylight time (for which I am most grateful) so I don’t know a lot about when it stop/starts in my world – let alone the Northern part of the world.

      • March 1, 2014 at 9:09 am

        It’s on the calendar. DST starts March 9th. It was supposedly some energy saving change where DST would start earlier and end later (November) than it had in the past.

    • 31 hopefruit2
      March 1, 2014 at 9:53 am

      The Summer part is not true, but the DST will be in effect from March 9th. Summer won’t arrive until June 21st! Spring will arrive on March 23rd.

      • 32 99ts
        March 1, 2014 at 10:36 am

        So it’s still winter – I think I’m still glad we don’t bother with all this changing – I thought it was meant for the long days of summer.

    • 33 MightyPamela
      March 1, 2014 at 10:16 am

      99ts, they cannot change or affect the equinox or solstice movements, those are set firmly in place by the order of the universe (at least the solar system!) but there is a gradual shifting towards eliminating daylight saving, as we are no longer considered an ‘agricultural’ economy, where the crops had to be managed with as much use of daylight hours as possible. More and more it is considered a nuisance by many. I, for one, won’t miss it. I believe in Canada, Manitoba is one province which chooses not to observe, and in Australia, Queensland has always done its own thing, if I remember rightly.

      • 34 99ts
        March 1, 2014 at 10:32 am

        In my world they are still trying to force it on us – you are currently correct that Qld does not have D. S. but the right wing politicians and “Business leaders” scream about it – every single year.

        If I can work out the time in each area of the US – they can manage a 1 hour difference!

  8. 36 amk for obama
    March 1, 2014 at 8:57 am

    sooo, has WW III started yet?

    • 37 hopefruit2
      March 1, 2014 at 9:55 am

      I’m sure the heckler at PBO’s fundraiser last night could answer that question! 🙂

      • 38 anniebella
        March 1, 2014 at 10:43 am

        Did they ever fine out who the heckler was? I know I am getting fed up with the disrespect. Yes POTUS handle himself well, but this hecking mess didn’t use to happen.

  9. 39 dotster3
    March 1, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Can’t believe the “interesting” fam story I heard for the first time last night—–happened years ago, but still—-. Mr. dotster’s cousin is a smartypants, goes to Princeton, soon after arrival notices there is a girl in his freshman class with the same unusual last name with the same unusual spelling, calls her because he is interested in where she’s from, her background etc., introduces himself, and she says, “Hey, that’s my dad’s name!” And he says, “That’s my dad’s name too!” So they make a coffee date to discuss some more, she brings a couple of fam photos, AND—-he notices her dad is his dad! Small world! “OMG—Hi sister!” (half sister) And so—his mom was pretty surprised when he told her about his coffee date, and it unravels from there, but unbelievable. I asked mr. dotster why he never shared this very unusual tale with me, said he was in high school at the time, was more interested in friends and football, barely paid attention to it, never thought about it until another relative mentioned it last night. What??? And he talks all the time about everything known to man, to the point where I have to finally say “Shhhhhhhhhh”. But he never tells me about this unbelievable thing? Mr. dotster is weird. 🙂

    • 40 amk for obama
      March 1, 2014 at 9:01 am

      chips is willing to take him off off your hands.

      Now, WW III has started.

    • 41 TrumpDog
      March 1, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Was it a secret affair or did the cousin’s mom just not know that the dad had another child before (or after) their relationship?

      • 42 dotster3
        March 1, 2014 at 9:16 am

        No one knew about it—-a separate life/fam that no one knew about—one fam in Wi., one in Illinois. What I couldn’t believe was that he sent both of his kids to Princeton—or dad’s secret may have remained a secret forever.

        • 43 hopefruit2
          March 1, 2014 at 9:58 am

          Wouldn’t the NSA know about this secret, though? Given that they’re busy spying on everyone and everything….

  10. 44 amk for obama
    March 1, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Putin asks the upper house of the Russian parliament to approve using Russian troops in Ukraine.


    • March 1, 2014 at 9:59 am


      mercy mercy…..

      by the Ukraine being part of NATO….what does that mean for the other allies….I do believe that many will follow the US lead….we are swimming in shark infested waters…

  11. 46 japa21
    March 1, 2014 at 9:07 am

    This morning’s R&S better include fireworks for 24 M. 479 away.

  12. 50 africa
    March 1, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Happy Saturday TODers!!

  13. 51 carolyn
    March 1, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Isn’t Putin one of the people Snowdenites and U.S.teapartiers wanted to nominate for the Nobel Peace Prize?????!!!!!

    • 52 anniebella
      March 1, 2014 at 10:12 am

      I know there was a time when the Snowden-idiots and Tea partiers seem to have fell in love with Putin, for their own sicko reasons.

      • 53 anniebella
        March 1, 2014 at 10:18 am

        John McCain is already attacking the President. I guess he want the President to say we will attack Russia if they do this or do that. McCain and those right wing war lovers wants the U.S. in another war so bad.

  14. 54 desertflower
    March 1, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Weekend is here!! Happy Saturday…Happy March! I don’t know about you, but when I lived in a snowy place…the sound of “March” just sounded MUCH better to me than February…like spring was near and those crocus’ would be peaking out soon and the world would come back to life again…..hold on, it’s coming!

    LadyJazz….I’m tired just reading the itinerary! Carnival is so much fun though…sure you’ll laugh, dance, eat and revel in all the festivities that make this time of year so much fun. I remember those days from a kid in St Thomas growing up….lots of fun…best fried chicken I ever ate…I’d kill to have that chicken again:)

    Raining here today…we need the rain so this is good. Life takes on a different pace in the rain….its good.

    Waiting to see when the fireworks happen for 24 million mark..(OMG…that’s a BIG family, Chips!) We’ll be ready to party, whenever that time comes!

    Everyone have a great day:)

    • 55 dotster3
      March 1, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Oh no—-rain. Good for you, bad for my daughter and friends who are out there in your neck o’ the woods, at the Firesky?—-their annual trek to Cubs opening of training camp, an excuse to escape the horror of Illinois winter by a bunch of long suffering Cubs fans. Noticed they were having some fun at a wine bar last night tho, so maybe they won’t even notice. 🙂

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  16. March 1, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Moooorning again everyone, got severely delayed, will have R&S up in 30-ish mins – see ya then!

  17. 60 desertflower
    March 1, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Happy Music:) Congrats on 24 million! Onward to 25 million we go!!

  18. 62 GGAIL
    March 1, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Good West Coast 24M morning Chipsticks & TOD family. We are already over 240 hits past 24 million. WOW!

  19. 63 desertflower
    March 1, 2014 at 10:24 am


    Rand is perhaps the only virulently anti-Christian writer that Republicans nonetheless routinely feel comfortable heaping praise upon. In a charming 1964 interview with Playboy, Rand described the crucifixion of Jesus in terms of “mythology,” and submitted that she would feel “indignant” over such a “sacrifice of virtue to vice.” That Christians are called to care for the most vulnerable of God’s people was, to Rand, manifest proof that the religion has nothing constructive to add to human life: After all, in her philosophy, “superiors” have no moral obligations to those weaker or more vulnerable than they. According to Rand, the Christian moral imperative to serve the needy is a “monstrous idea.”

    In a surprising jolt of coherence, Rand held precisely the position such a disdain for Christian humility would suggest: that the strong are the rightful lords over the weak, and that those with the capabilities to secure wealth and resources should be more or less unimpeded from doing so, the rest of humankind be damned. It’s likely this philosophical tenet that wins her so many fans on the right, among them Paul Ryan, Clarence Thomas, Gary Johnson and Rand Paul.

  20. 64 africa
    March 1, 2014 at 10:34 am


  21. 65 desertflower
    March 1, 2014 at 10:42 am

    For crap sakes.

    Retweeted by Jeff Gauvin
    BBC Breaking News ‏@BBCBreaking 12m
    Upper House of Russian parliament unanimously approves President Putin’s request for troops to be used in Ukraine http://bbc.in/1fybipe
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  22. March 1, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Good morning, TODers.

    24 MILLION & counting, Chips. WOW.

  23. March 1, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Putin doesn’t appear to have any idea what he’s doing.

  24. 71 hopefruit2
    March 1, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Typical ignorant drivel from 1%er… Another over-privileged idiot who doesn’t know what time it is.

    • 72 anniebella
      March 1, 2014 at 11:08 am

      No Mr. Yglesias, it sound like something you do when you have a heart that care about helping someone beside the rich folks. When President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama talk about not being were they are without the help of others, when they talk about wanting to reach back and help others, give them a chance to make it, it is not just talk. They care about people. Something you Mr. Yglesias don’t know nothing about.

      • 73 anniebella
        March 1, 2014 at 11:11 am

        Isn’t what President Obama is talking about in “My Brother’s Keeper” the Christian thing to do.

  25. 74 dotster3
    March 1, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Russia said to be recalling their ambassador to the U.S.

  26. 76 carolyn
    March 1, 2014 at 11:03 am

    This part of the world is so volatile…..so many different ethnic and religious interests. I think meta is correct…..Putin doesn’t seem to have any idea what he is doing. The Tsars tried to subdue and control these various groups for hundreds of years, then Stalin and group came along and tried the same things.

    Seems to me Putin is trying to re-create the empires of the Tsars and/or the old USSR. He wants to rule the world, as much as possible. The Crimea has always been important to Russia. It is their Riviera, and their warm water port. They will fight for this area, I’m sure. When Moscow is frozen solid, the Russian leaders can escape to Crimea and enjoy beautiful, almost tropical surroundings.

    If any of you saw the old film Nicholas and Alexandra, back in the 70s! there are scenes of their family in the Crimea where it is beautiful and sunny, while the rest of the country is stark, cold, snowy and dark. The Russians just seem to exchange one tyrant for another one throughout their history. The two Russian history courses I took were the darkest, most depressing of any.

    I know PBO and his advisers are totally cognizant of the historical patterns in this region, and will be circumspect in the face of all sorts of pressure to shoot from the hip……McCain and GWB’s pattern of operating. As we’ve all said, THANK GOD PBO IS PRESIDENT!

  27. 77 desertflower
    March 1, 2014 at 11:04 am


    the fun has drained out of the game. So has the substance. I used to get excited about the big issues we covered — civil rights, women’s liberation, the fate of the country’s great cities, the end of the Cold War. I loved the politicians who brought those issues to life, from Everett McKinley Dirksen and Howard Baker (Dirksen’s son-in-law, curiously) to Russell B. Long and Edmund Muskie, from Bob Dole to George Mitchell — all people who knew and cared a great deal about governing. Watching them at work was exhilarating. Watching their successors, today’s senators and representatives, is just depressing.

    I realized just how depressing last October, when Congress voted on legislation that would raise the debt ceiling — allowing the Treasury to pay the debts Congress had already incurred — and keep the government open. This was exciting, but perversely so. On Oct. 16, 162 members of Congress, 144 in the House and 18 in the Senate, voted “no,” votes meant explicitly to drive their government into bankruptcy, when there was a real chance that their view might prevail. Here was an entirely new style of public service, and it turned my stomach.

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